Does Richard de Crespigny still fly?

Qantas captain Richard de Crespigny, best known for safely landing an A380 when its engine exploded, has revealed COVID has forced him into early retirement. Speaking to Traveller, Captain de Crespigny said, “COVID-19 has terminated my 45-year professional flying career.

Who was the captain of Qantas 32?

Richard de Crespigny
Richard de Crespigny, captain of Qantas Flight 32. Thanks to the actions of de Crespigny and his crew, the damage did not precipitate a catastrophic accident, and 469 people returned safely to the ground at Singapore.

What happened to QF32?

Qantas Flight 32 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from London to Sydney via Singapore. On 4 November 2010, the aircraft operating the route, an Airbus A380, suffered an uncontained failure in one of its four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

What did the captain of Qantas Flight 32 do correctly which saved all onboard?

A hero Qantas pilot who saved 440 passengers when his superjumbo’s engine exploded in mid-air has revealed how a “picture-book” day turned to terror. Captain Richard de Crespigny was about to turn off the seatbelt sign on Flight QF32 when he heard a “relatively small” boom just four minutes after takeoff.

Why was A380 discontinued?

Airbus has officially confirmed the end of A380. Because of the lack of airline demand, the superjumbo production is to cease in 2021. The smaller capacity aircraft will allow Emirates to fly thinner routes that perhaps did not make economic sense with either the A380 or the Boeing 777.

How many Boeing 747s have crashed?

Of the 61 Boeing 747 aircraft losses, 32 resulted in no loss of life; in one, a hostage was murdered; and in one, a terrorist died. Some of the aircraft that were declared damaged beyond economical repair were older 747s that sustained relatively minor damage.

Why is the A380 being discontinued?

How old was Richard de Crespigny when he became a pilot?

De Crespigny decided he wanted to become a pilot after touring Point Cook Air Base in when he was 14. He went on to join the RAAF at age 17 in 1975. During his first training flight the instructor did not stop him from putting the plane into a downward spiral, after which he left de Crespigny to stop the plane from plummeting to the ground alone.

What did Richard de Crespigny do for a living?

Passengers, the media, and the ATSB praised de Crespigny for his professional handling of the emergency, and in 2016 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his contributions to aviation safety. He has since written two books — QF32, detailing the flight and its aftermath, and FLY! – the Elements of Resilience.

Why was Captain de Crespigny awarded the Order of Australia?

Captain de Crespigny was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia after returning the stricken plane to Singapore Changi Airport and helping to save the lives of 440 passengers and 29 crew members on board almost exactly 10 years ago.